The Department of Mathematics came to life in the year 1972 with sixteen students on the role for the course M.A./M.Sc. in Mathematics. Over the years new regular programmes such as M. Phil. and Ph. D., have been added in its activities. Sanctioned student strength has also increased. Occasionally scholars register for award of D.Sc., the highest degree of the country, under the auspices of this Department. So far three D.Sc.s have been produced from here.
The alumni of the Department have excelled in public life in various prestigious capacities.
Through the dedicated efforts of research scholars and faculty, the Department has created for itself a niche in research in the fields of Differential Equations, Summability Theory, Sequence Spaces, Fourier Analysis, Complex Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Cosmology and Gravitation. Faculty of the Department referee and review research papers in these areas for renowned international journals.
As a part of its co curricular activity the Department frequently hosts Conferences, Seminars, Refresher Courses, Workshops, PAC meetings and so on. The Department is a favourite destination for experts all over the country in the broad area of Mathematical Analysis.
The Department is a Zonal Coordinating centre for Mathematics Olympiad Tests conducted by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, Government of India. Under this outreach programme, about 1500 talented school going young students appear these tests every year in centres spread over nine districts under the jurisdiction of Berhampur University.
On the basis of the Department profile and academic achievements of the faculty, the Department has been selected for Department Research Support (DRS) under the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of UGC Phase-I during 1994-99 and Phase-II during 2000-2005. A grant of Rs. 20.00 lakhs has been sanctioned by UGC under SAP in the Financial Year 2007-2008. The Department has been receiving library Grants from the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM-DAE) since 1993.